Willian: I really wanted to stay at Chelsea

Sun 28 February 2021 | 11:50

Arsenal's Brazilian star Willian has spoken about the reasons behind his departure from Chelsea.

After prolific years at




could not reach an agreement on a contract extension with the club last summer and left for



Willian has now spoken in an interview about the reasons for his separation from Chelsea.

 He told

UOL Esporte


“It was difficult to make that decision because the rivalry between the two clubs is very big.

“It was well thought out... talking to my wife and even the agent many times.

“I didn't leave the club with a fight, I left the doors open. Everyone knew the conditions, I really wanted to stay.

“We ended up not finding an agreement, I ended up asking for three years, Chelsea wanted to give two, and everyone knows this story. That's why I ended up leaving.

“One of the things that made me decide to go to Arsenal was really the various conversations I had with Mikel Arteta, with Edu too.

“They convinced me that I'd be a very important player in the squad.

“They wanted to change the philosophy of the club, to make it possible for Arsenal to fight again in the Premier League, to play in the Champions League again.”



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